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Old 11-02-2008, 07:30 PM   #1
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Carpet, Doormat and Bathmat

I padded and carpeted my Escape with remnanrts from the local carpet store, it was very inexpensive. I used butcher paper and blue painter's tape to make a pattern of the floor and then taped it onto the back of the carpet laying upside down on the garage floor. You need to make sure the pattern is placed the bottom side up when it is taped to the back of the carpet so the pattern isn't reversed during the cut out.

I cut out the pattern with a utility knife and singed all the sides of the carpet with a torch (a cigarette lighter will work) to keep it from unravelling.

I used $1 carpet samples for a doormat and bathmat; a 27 x 17 inch piece made a great doormat and a smaller 17 x 13 inch piece fit perfectly in the bathroom.

The carpet samples had a lot of paper on the back, a piece of non-skid will keep them from sliding around.

The padded floor works out well, we don't wear shoes inside and it is nice to have a soft warm floor.
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Old 12-10-2008, 12:14 PM   #2
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Re: Carpet, Doormat and Bathmat

Thane,
Thanks for all the posts. There are some very good ideas that you have shared. I think that I might try the carpet idea and with remnants the costs will be about right. Also, if neighbors or friends or family are re-carpeting, sometimes there are pieces of the old carpeting that is not in bad shape that may be re-used. I carpeted my garage floor that way.
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Old 12-10-2008, 05:48 PM   #3
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I have added carpet to the floors of any trailer I have owned, it adds warmth and comfort. I usually use a few pieces with the grain going in the same direction. It makes it easier to remove to clean.
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Thanks for the nice words. I suggest adding a carpet pad, it really makes the floor warm. We don't wear shoes inside so the warm, soft floor is nice.
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I have a carpet runner inside the trailer. On the road it keeps the BBQ and such from sliding around. At camp it goes outside so we can wipe our feet before we go inside.
I don't worry about keeping my feet warm in the trailer, since they are rarely on the floor.

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Thane, I have never bothered with the pad, mainly because of the thickness. In the trailer I have now, it would interfere with some lower cupboard doors opening. Is it safe to assume this is not the case with the Escape? Do you just leave the pad loose too, so it can all be removed for cleaning?

Baglo, for many years now I have kept a roll of good quality exterior carpet in the trailer for use outside while camped. It helps keep feet clean of loose dirt, and provides a great place for the dog to lay down.

During the day, as long as our shoes are relatively clean, we leave them on when popping in and out of the trailer, preferring to clean the carpets once a year instead of the hassle of removing and replacing footwear all the time.
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Old 12-11-2008, 11:16 PM   #7
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The pad and carpet thickness is not a problem except you may need to raise the fire extinguisher mout next to the door. I didn't have to but it was a tight fit to get the fire extinguisher to fit it in the holder.
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The question of Dri-Dek has come up a few times. We had it in our Casita and loved it. Since it has holes in it to allow the water to drain away from your feet, some don't like it (very tender feet may not), but I like drying off and not standing in puddles. We place a small white bath mat over it so it's warm for your little "tootsies" in the middle of the night, and just remove it for showers. When you get home from your trip, pull it out, and clean the tub floor, and you're ready for the next trip. Here's what it looks like in blue. (note the access for the drain plug - make sure it's tight if you have anything in your grey tank while traveling, or else you'll have grey water sloshed all over your normally dry bath- and wonder "where did that come from"?)
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Re: Carpet, Doormat and Bathmat

Very nice. Thanks for the picture. Perhaps a plug in the drain opening might help with gray H2O splash. Hopefully if ones does do that they won't forget to remove it prior to using the shower!
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Very nice. Thanks for the picture. Perhaps a plug in the drain opening might help with gray H2O splash. Hopefully if ones does do that they won't forget to remove it prior to using the shower!
Hi Sandra,
The plug is still in the shower drain, the hole you see is the one I placed in the Dri-Dek to get TO the drain plug. The common mistake (usually only made once or maybe twice) is to leave your campsite with a gray tank half full, and forget to tighten down the plug. At your next destination, you find that your gray tank had "recycled" around your shower floor a couple of times wetting any rugs, etc, that you left in the floor for travel : - ) At which time, you are extremely grateful it wasn't your black tank!
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